First Editions Fiona Bullen To Catch the Sun

ISBN 13: 9780312044381

To Catch the Sun

4.29 avg rating
( 7 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780312044381: To Catch the Sun

Ursula Fraser, the daughter of British colonials in Malaysia, survives the brutal Japanese invasion during World War II, a failed marriage, and a love affair to build a new life in the Australian outback

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly:

This first novel stagnates after a promising beginning. Ursula Fraser enjoys a comfortable childhood in pre-WW II Singapore until her colonialist father remarries. When the Japanese sweep into Malaysia, her stepmother flees with her own children, leaving Ursula behind; she is saved because her amah dyes her skin and passes her off as a native. Orphaned by the war's end, Ursula joins an aunt and uncle in London, escaping them via a hasty marriage at age 18 to a dashing, sophisticated womanizer. At this point Bullen's faith in Ursula seems to wither: coping with motherhood and an absentee husband, the heroine seems to flick her own maturity on and off, the sound judgment she evinced as an adolescent all but vanished. She and her daughter transplant themselves to Australia, where Ursula then enters an affair with a rising, married politician. Though Bullen does justice to the story's three settings, she fails to make Ursula's trials truly compelling.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

Bullen uses her own first-hand knowledge of various parts of the world to smoothly move her heroine, Ursula Fraser, daughter of a British colonial, from a privileged childhood in Singapore prior to World War II to postwar England and finally to modern Australia. Ursula spends the war hiding from the Japanese in a native village with her servants. Later, as an orphaned young woman, she is sent to inhospitable, emotionally parsimonious relatives in England. A brief stint as a London governess leads her to an intolerable marriage and flight to Australia to reclaim some derelict inherited property. Tragedy, hostility, forbidden love, and more befall her, but she perseveres and triumphs. A brisk novel of lively dialog, vivid descriptions, and diverse, colorful characters, this will satisfy genre fans; first novelist Bullen successfully utilizes every cliche and coincidence of family sagas.
- Joan Hinkemeyer, Englewood P . L., Col.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Bullen, Fiona
Published by St Martins Pr
ISBN 10: 0312044380 ISBN 13: 9780312044381
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Jason's Bookstore
(Altadena, CA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description St Martins Pr. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0312044380 Clean, unmarked copy. Hardcover, with dust jacket- In great shape! I can send expedited rate if you chose; otherwise it will promptly be sent via media rate. Got any questions? Email me; I'm happy to help! Select Expedited Shipping (just $2 more) to get your book as fast as possible!. Bookseller Inventory # SKU1005760

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.69
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.24
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Bullen, Fiona
Published by St Martins Press, NY (1990)
ISBN 10: 0312044380 ISBN 13: 9780312044381
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Crowfly Books
(South Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description St Martins Press, NY, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. This is a New and Unread copy of the first edition. A Review copy with publisher's promo material laid in. In a mylar jacket cover. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 038575

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
12.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.80
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Fiona Bullen
Published by St Martins Pr (1990)
ISBN 10: 0312044380 ISBN 13: 9780312044381
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description St Martins Pr, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0312044380

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
23.36
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Fiona Bullen
Published by St Martins Pr (1990)
ISBN 10: 0312044380 ISBN 13: 9780312044381
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description St Martins Pr, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First US. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0312044380

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
19.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.72
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds